Microsoft has announced the general availability of its Emissions Impact Dashboard for Azure, which will allow its cloud computing customers to track, report, analyze and reduce their carbon footprint.
Microsoft says the dashboard is designed to help customers collect meaningful data to provide companies with actionable insights they can use to make more informed, data-driven decisions about sustainable computing.
Kees Hertogh, General Manager, Global Industry Product Marketing, at Microsoft. said, “The Emissions Impact Dashboard is part of our commitment to address our own environmental impact and help our customers do the same,”
Hertogh added that Microsoft first introduced the Emissions Impact Dashboard in January 2020 as the Microsoft Sustainability Calculator.
In the announcement, Hertogh explains that the Emissions Impact Dashboard is intended to provide a transparent view of greenhouse gas emissions in relation to the use of Emissions from Microsoft cloud services. Thus, helping users better understand the causes of emissions.
He explained that the dashboard design will help companies measure the impact of cloud usage and carbon footprint so they can break down emissions by month, service, and data centre region.
“Over the past year, we’ve strengthened features in the Emissions Impact Dashboard, such as the calculation of Scope 3 emissions associated with Microsoft cloud usage. These emissions are indirect and occur across the product value chain—from materials extraction and manufacturing to transport, usage, and hardware disposal,” Hertogh concludes.
Interestingly, Microsoft’s announcement comes days after Google Cloud announced a similar initiative, introducing several new tools to help its customers measure and ultimately reduce the environmental impact of their cloud operations.